A closer look at Michoacán's vigilantes

Considered a symbol of defiance against corruption, impunity and organized crime, the self-defense militias may be coming to a bloody and bitter conclusion.

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    Members of the Autodefensas of Santa Maria Ostula.
    Jan-Albert Hootsen
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    A member of the Autodefensas of Santa Maria Ostula.
    Jan-Albert Hootsen
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    Members of the Autodefensas of Santa Maria Ostula standing guard at a papaya field.
    Jan-Albert Hootsen
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    A member of the Autodefensas of Santa Maria Ostula.
    Jan-Albert Hootsen
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    Germán 'El Toro' ('The Bull') Ramírez, second-in-command of Santa Maria Ostula's Autodefensas, who has been chosen to replace Semeí Verdia.
    Jan-Albert Hootsen
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    The charred remains of truck burned at the bridge where the army clashed with civilians from Santa Maria Ostula.
    Jan-Albert Hootsen
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